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$30,000 scholarship to study in Silicon Valley up for grabs

- March 26, 2014 2 MIN READ

The Silicon Lakes Team is co-ordinating and hosting the 2014 Australian & New Zealand Singularity University Global Impact Competition in association with Dr Clarence Tan, the Australian Ambassador for Singularity University. The competition is now open, and Australian innovators are invited to apply for the chance to win a scholarship worth $30,000 to study at the Silicon Valley-based university.

Singularity University’s overarching mission is to assemble, educate, and inspire leaders who strive to understand and facilitate the development of exponentially-advancing technologies to address humanity’s greatest challenges. As such the University holds competitions around the world to identify and bring together the brightest minds to innovate.

Greg Burnett, Co-Founder of Silicon Lakes, says the Global Impact Competition is “the chance of a lifetime” for the winner to be surrounded by the smartest people in the world and gain insight to some of the latest technologies shaping the future of humanity.

Competition Theme

This year, the Global Impact Competition Australia & New Zealand 2014 is inviting applicants to propose innovative solutions on Climate, Environment and Energy that would significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, fossil energy use, or facilitate adaptation to climate change in any sector. The innovations can be of any type, including social technology, policy interventions, and social ventures.

The Prize

The winner of the Global Impact Competition will be given automatic acceptance and full sponsorship to the Singularity University Graduate Studies Program (worth over $30,000) from June-August 2014 at the NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley, California.

Through the program, the winner will:

  • Be part of an international network of exceptional students to create new solutions to impact the future.
  • Visit some of the most innovative companies in the world such as NASA, Google, Facebook, Tesla Motors, Nokia and Autodesk.
  • Be recognised as a leader in technology and innovation in Australia and New Zealand.

Applications need to be made via the competition website: gic.singularityu.org/australia. Applicants have until Friday 25th April 2014 to submit their proposal.

The winner will be selected in the first week of May and attend Singularity University from 14th June to 14th August, 2014.

In the mean time, here are our favourite projects from last year’s competition winners: